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If you’re planning to visit Placencia, Belize, you may be wondering what you should do when you’re here. Here’s how to spend five perfect days in Placencia.

Day 1: Arrive in Placencia

Spend your first day in Placencia Village. Visit the unusual gift shops and boutiques. Take in the sights as you walk or bike around. Enjoy a lunch of freshly caught seafood at a restaurant overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Stop at a friendly beach bar for a rum cocktail or a cold Belikin beer.

Day 2: Visit Laughing Bird Caye National Park

The offshore islands, called cayes here, are spectacularly beautiful. Laughing Bird gets its name from the laughing storks that nest there and on neighboring cayes. Laughing Bird is a typical island paradise with palm trees, white sand, and turquoise water filled with colorful fish. This gorgeous island is only 11 miles from Placencia.

Day 3: Cruise the Monkey River

Monkey River is one of Belize’s most scenic waterways. As you take a boat or kayak down its clear waters, you’ll spot wildlife of all kinds. Iguanas, ocelots, owls, and tropical birds roam the forests along the river. You’ll discover where this river gets its name when you see and hear numerous howler monkeys in the trees.

Day 4: Visit Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

The world’s first jaguar sanctuary is a wonderfully wild place where you can hike, walk, kayak, and swim in a waterfall. Cockscomb Basin is managed by the Belize Audubon Society, and it’s a safe haven for hundreds of native birds, mammals, and reptiles. Spend a day on its well-marked trails and bring a picnic lunch.

Day 5: Spend the Day On the Beach

The beaches of Placencia are the most famous in Belize. It’s easy to see why. With the Placencia Lagoon on one side and the Caribbean on the other, Placencia has tons of natural scenery. Enjoy the soft sand, swaying palms, and bright blue water. It’s the perfect way to end your perfect Placencia vacation.

New Travel Regulations for Visitors to Belize

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Belize has adopted strict regulations for visitors. You can only use tour operators, hotels, and transportation providers that have the government-issued Gold Star. It certifies the business has met the government’s strict standards for safety and sanitation.

Stay at the Gold Standard Mariposa Beach Resort

Make your stay in Placencia even more enjoyable by staying at our Gold Standard Belize resort. Our all-inclusive, boutique resort offers comfortable accommodations and great amenities on the gorgeous Placencia beachfront.